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Business of Curling: Attracting new members through Learn to Curl

A few years ago, when Kathy Arnold looked into starting a Learn to Curl program at the McArthur Island Curling Club in Kamloops, B.C., she had no idea the results would be so spectacular – and so long term.

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Business of Curling: Corporate partnerships help generate revenue

Finding revenue beyond membership fees is a concept that is sometimes forgotten when it comes to curling clubs. Corporate partnerships are great ways to find secondary sources of revenue, an opportunity that many clubs are missing out on.

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Business of Curling: School programs

Identifying a problem is the easy part when it comes to developing the sport of curling. But how do you, as manager of a curling facility, execute a solution?

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Getting Started in Curling – The Right Way

Paul Webster is the Curling Director at The Glencoe Club in Calgary. He does “a fair bit of coaching” in this sport, but he also has valuable insights from a club program perspective. Currently in his second year of working with the membership of The Glencoe Club, Webster shares his personal perspective on what is undoubtedly his club’s most successful program.

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Business of Curling: Facebook Helps Break the Ice at Kenora’s Social Spiel

Picture this: your curling centre has a terrific social bonspiel coming up soon, and you want to get the word out to participants. You also want to entice some non-curlers to check out the action at your club and maybe give curling a try. Great! You’re all set – but what’s the best way to spread the news?

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Partners Glendale and ClubLink Keep Curling on the Ice

They’ve been curling at the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ontario, since 1960, but when ClubLink stepped in to take over management of the golf facility two years ago, the big question arose: will Glendale continue to offer curling as well as golf?

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Curling & the Canadian Society of Club Managers

The Canadian Society of Club Managers (CSCM) is an organization dedicated to supporting club managers across Canada. That professional support includes some of the following (excerpted from their benefits package):

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Peter Waugh, the CCA’s Curling Volunteer of the Year

According to the mission statement of the Strait Area Community Curling Club in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, the club is “committed to promoting our sport in a friendly atmosphere while providing affordable, quality programs for curlers of all ages and abilities.” 

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Provincial Curling Rivalry – Quebec vs Ontario

Curling Quebec Announces the Team Captains of the First Caledonia Cup

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Wishes for 2012

Our sport keeps chugging along, gaining momentum every week it seems. All the neat stories in the news

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Waiver of Claims & Assumption of Risk

In the past couple of weeks (co-incidentally with the start of the curling season!) we have received numerous requests about waivers of liability.

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10 tips for using Social media

Matt Hames has created a list of 10 tips to get your club’s social media presence up and running. This powerful ‘awareness’ option is a valuable one and it should be leveraged to help build the business at the community level.  Good luck with it and we will watch for your presence in this ‘social’ world!!

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Sports Day and more….

True Sport, ParticiPaction and the CBC are staging the second Sports Day across Canada on September 17th. The event’s intention is to showcase Canadian sports and to celebrate those sports at the community level.

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Business of Curling: Sharing of ideas!

We have been recently challenged by a couple of curling club managers to consider creating an on-line forum for club managers and/or Board members where they could share ideas and best practices. It is now generally accepted that facilities, especially in urban settings (where there may be more than one building in the area), are not in competition with each other. And that sharing of ideas is now a good thing!

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Business of Curling: Guess What’s Right Around The Corner!

The Canadian Curling Association would like to help you out with a series of posters for you to use to help create awareness and to promote your own open house or trial opportunity. The posters build on the success of last season's television commercials featuring Johnny 'the Hammer' Chow, Mary 'Bullseye' Dobbin and Robert 'Clutch' Stevens. Click on the names and you will see what they will look like.

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